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Anne Miller
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Our dog has started gasping and we have been told that it is Reverse Sneezing aka Paroxysmal Respiration or Pharyngeal Gag Reflex.  We feel that she may have allergies to pollen, dust, etc.

Has any found something to help this?  Our daughter showed us how to cover the nostrils so it will stop,  This is only a temporary fix.

What herbs have folks here given their dogs for allergies?  Are there foods that will help?  I have been trying to think of something for her to lick that might stop this?  Broth or honey?

Any help would be appreciated.
 
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Anne Miller wrote:Our dog has started gasping and we have been told that it is Reverse Sneezing aka Paroxysmal Respiration or Pharyngeal Gag Reflex.  We feel that she may have allergies to pollen, dust, etc.

Has any found something to help this?  Our daughter showed us how to cover the nostrils so it will stop,  This is only a temporary fix.

What herbs have folks here given their dogs for allergies?  Are there foods that will help?  I have been trying to think of something for her to lick that might stop this?  Broth or honey?

Any help would be appreciated. [/
My personal experience with allergies is that my environmental allergies are driven by my food allergies - i.e. If I stop eating dairy and gluten, I will not have any symptoms of hay fever or dust mites. Really a paleo diet is what suits my system best.

Most dog-food contain a lot of grains. And while dogs are opportunistic omnivores they are not supposed to eat primarily grains - they are more adapted to eat mostly raw meat. A lot of dog owners find that their dogs really thrive on an entirely - or almost entirely - raw meat diet.

Maybe that could be a solution for your dog?
 
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Our dog gets 1/3 c Pro Plan in the morning; green beans, carrots or canned pumpkin depending on which can is open twice a day. Occasionally an egg.  The allergy seems to be seasonal based on flareups. The flareups seem to be in the afternoon or evenings.

A 50 lb bag of pro plan last a really long time at 1/3 c a day.  I am considering a homemade blend of deer and rice when the pro plan runs out.  When we are butchering she gets raw meat treats.  Something to consider is doing the raw meat diet.
 
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Anne Miller wrote:Our dog gets 1/3 c Pro Plan in the morning; green beans, carrots or canned pumpkin depending on which can is open twice a day. Occasionally an egg.  The allergy seems to be seasonal based on flareups. The flareups seem to be in the afternoon or evenings.

A 50 lb bag of pro plan last a really long time at 1/3 c a day.  I am considering a homemade blend of deer and rice when the pro plan runs out.  When we are butchering she gets raw meat treats.  Something to consider is doing the raw meat diet.

Meat and rice is what we give our dog if his stomach has been upset, and I am sure it is better than most comercial dog foods. We haven't switched to the raw meat diet yet as it is really expensive - but as soon as we are producing enough meat for ourselves that is next on the list.
 
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Basically the only herb I have found for this is Echinacea.  My plants are too small to harvest from.

Her problem seem to be worse when I feed her carrots and canned pumpkin, so I have discontinued the use of those until further notice. 

Her problem may also be related to tooth problems so I was looking for a food additive to put on her food.  I have been adding parsley but it is too soon to notice if it helps.  Most food additives contain Kelp.  Has any one used this?  Is it bad tasting?
 
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My dog has this issue too. When I asked our vet he said that he was surprised that she had this going on because it usually occurs in smaller breeds (mine is English setter/Brittany spaniel mix, about 50 lbs). The vet said it was more of a throat, soft pallet structural issue that is brought on when my dog is relaxing in her favorite position (upside down, laying on her back). She could be sound asleep in this position and jump straight up to on her feet, snorting and gasping. The vet said to just talk to her in a very calm voice and rub her throat until the episode subsides.
 
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Karen, thank for the reply.  Our dog likes to lay in our lap with her head hanging down which seems to cause the attacks. What your vet said to do is what I usually do.  I also talk to her about not doing that again and she seems to try to not do it [the sneezing not the hanging of her head down]. If she is doing it in the evenings, I give her a 1/2 tablet of benedryl at bedtime so that she doesn't keep us up all night. I sometime thinks she does it just to get the cheese wrapped pill.
 
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Hi Anne,

I've been a writer of canine health care issues for a couple of decades. Allergies and diet are hot button topics so I'll keep my comments short and send you a link to further reading.  My basic answer is to try and get the animals back to a more old-fashioned lifestyle. 

"We" (meaning permies-type people) make sure our chickens are not eating GMO. We make sure our cows are grass fed. We make sure *we're* eating right. But so many still feed the dogs processed foods, vaccinate excessively, and load the dogs with chemicals.  It's what we've been taught to do, to be good dog owners. We want to be good dog owners so we follow these recommendations.

Lighten the dogs load of irritants and you might see a reduction in allergies. We sure noticed that in our first Dachshund. http://puppies.petcarebooks.com/natural-rearing/  ; Good luck. Keep cool this hot summer.
Best,
Caroline
 
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